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04-17-2019 08:53 PM
nking262
Custom fork tube holder

What I did was buy an old used front fork clamp from a Suzuki. The ones that hold our fork tubes should be 1996 thru 2000 Suzuki RM 125 and RM250. There may be others that work but I know without a doubt this does. And it makes 2 fork tube holders. You can find the clamps on Ebay really cheap all the time. Good luck!

Nick King
09-11-2018 01:05 PM
Thermodyne I do a lot of fork work, and the only time I ever use the vice is when I need to drill out the damper bolts.

Generally I just sit on a stool and work with them between my legs.

This is the only special tool I use beyond the seal/bushing drivers.

09-11-2018 04:32 AM
JayKS
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Originally Posted by nking262 View Post
I did some research and found that there were several dirt bikes that had the same size tubes on them so I ordered an old scrap tree from one and cut it in half, and now I have 2 custom tube holders for doing maintenance or repair. Clamp it in the vise and put the tube in it and tighten the bolts a little. Came in handy when doing the Legends Axeo upgrade on my 2015 RGS.

Interesting. Pics?


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09-11-2018 02:55 AM
nking262
Fork Holder

I did some research and found that there were several dirt bikes that had the same size tubes on them so I ordered an old scrap tree from one and cut it in half, and now I have 2 custom tube holders for doing maintenance or repair. Clamp it in the vise and put the tube in it and tighten the bolts a little. Came in handy when doing the Legends Axeo upgrade on my 2015 RGS.
07-07-2015 03:19 PM
MShell Ok got it done, was pretty straight forward mod. Didn't need any fork tube holder, would have made it a little easier of should I say more convenient but, definitely didn't need one
06-28-2015 09:24 AM
sj01fltri
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Originally Posted by MShell View Post
That's very cool. I was contemplating making my own since I have a couple friends bikes I am going end up doing as well. Having the right tools always makes the job a little easier
Being a tool and die maker does come in handy some times,i have made lots of my own specialty tools rather than buy them.
06-28-2015 05:38 AM
willbo22
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Originally Posted by Sideways View Post
I used 2 2x4"s with a v notch cut out of them and carriage bolts to clamp down on the fork tube. I wrapped the fork tube with a rubber inner tube to protect it and keep it from slipping.

I know it sounds ghetto but it worked really well for me and didn't cost anything.
This is pretty much what i was thinkin, plan to rebuild my forks this winter and thought why the heck not use wood v-blocks, lots of companies sell tools and if ya stare at em for a bit and use some imagination, you can make most of them at home. Allthough, tearing em down while still on the bike seems like it would work just as well. Off subject but, recently bolted clutch plates to a peice of flat bar steel to hold the clutch hub on my Ironhead so i could remove its large retainer nut.
06-27-2015 11:17 PM
MShell That's very cool. I was contemplating making my own since I have a couple friends bikes I am going end up doing as well. Having the right tools always makes the job a little easier
06-27-2015 06:41 PM
sj01fltri I made this at work,after machining including drilled and tapped holes i bored a 41 mm hole then split so it would clamp on the tubes i made it long enough so i could clamp it in my bench vice.
06-26-2015 11:25 PM
MShell
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Originally Posted by rlaf75 View Post
I made a very simple fork seal installer tool. I used a long piece of 1 1/2 pvc pipe that I cut length wise. De-bur the plastic pipe and it fits snuggly around the fork tube. Cost me about $3 for the pvc at home depot
"Ive had issues with the tube sliding in the vise like that personally. I have had good luck with using a battery impact gun. I did it on my 15 and my wifes 03 and her 95 Fatboy. an impact gun eliminates the need to really clamp down on that tube. There is a socket available for the top nut on the older style tubes which I will try to find the info on. The newer (14-15) tubes require a 19 MM allen for the top and a 12MM allen for the bottom bolt."

Thanks for help and suggestions, I already made the seal installer and like you said it was under $3. I also have the special fork cap socket and the fork tube socket so I'm good there. Just waiting for the monotubes to get here tomorrow. I'll update how it goes with a couple pics too. This is why I love this forum lots of good ideas and different ways to get the job done.
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